In a recent interview, Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pierce revealed why the Marvel One Shots no longer happen.
Originally Marvel used to release little 5-20 minute movies that usually came on the DVD/Bluray releases for the films. In total Marvel released five of these. These were The Consultant (2011), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (2011), Item 27 (2012) and Agent Carter (2013) and the final one shot, All Hail the King (2014) which was also written and directed by the Iron Man 3 writer.
The One Shot focused around the Mandarin impersonator, Trevor Slattery, (Sir Ben Kingsley), from Iron Man 3 and an interview that took place with the character over his as the super villain. The One Shot ultimately ended on a cliffhanger where it was revealed that an actual version of The Mandarin existed and that Slattery was going to be taken to see him. This, sadly was the last we saw of Slattery and the One Shots and Pierce finally revealed why.
During a podcast interview with Empire Film he revealed a very simple reason behind their nonexistence. They take to long to make:
They literally just take up too much time. Because [Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige] cares so much about everything that goes out the door that he throws as much commitment and time into making one of the shorts as he does one of the films. At some point – even timewise – economically, that is a feasible thing for him to do, particularly now, that they have three films a year rather than two.
While this makes sense, it sadly means that we probably won’t see the true Mandarin anytime soon, be it in an Iron Man film or a one shot. What do you all make of this news? Do you think Feige’s attention is in the right area or should he do more work with the smaller productions as well? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Source: Empire Film